The month of June, 1863 brought a common refrain to the citizens of Gettysburg: “The Confederates are coming!” The warning had come so frequently that many citizens had come to take them with a grain of salt, and carried on with their daily activities.
One such example was that of nineteen-year-old Nellie Aughinbagh, who, along with eight or ten other young women, was learning the milliner’s trade at the Middle Street home of Mrs. Mary Martin. On the morning of June 26, the class had started out in its normal fashion, but as Nellie explains
Nellie finally heeded his warning, and by the time she reached the square, she could see the Confederates riding into town from the west. According to Nellie’s daughter, the saga of the troublesome bonnet didn’t end there:
· Firestorm at Gettysburg, Jim Slade and John Alexander, 1998, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
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May 27, 2010